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yesterday. and they could reduce such a wonderful moment to something horrible and i -- i was so depressed, but i didn't eat. oprah: but you didn't eat? >> i didn't eat. oprah: so, normally you would have eaten? at another time in your -- you would have gone and eaten. >> years and years ago i would have. i would have eaten. oprah: so, when people were saying things about you when you were 280 and 300 pounds, did that bother you? >> um, the late night comics -- crushing. oprah: crushing. yeah. >> um, they are. and we pretend that it doesn't matter. oprah: yeah. >> and it hurts. it hurts every single time. oprah: so, now that you're in this body, how does it affect the way you handle yourself? the way you are with men? the way men react to you? the way other people react to you? obviously people changed the way they reacted to you. >> you know, oprah, when you have -- when you have gastro bypass they insist you see a bunch of different doctors, one of which is a therapist. they
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don't insist you keep up with the therapy, which they probably should. so, you only have to see him once to get approved. and i said -- so, the therapist said to me, "you're not going to have any problem following the program. you're not going to have any problem doing what you're supposed to do because you've made up your mind. your biggest problem is going to be how you respond to others reacting to the new you." oprah: ok. >> and that was the first and only session. they got me right away. and they were right. i had never had a guy, you know, ogle me -- oprah: yes. >> in that way. oprah: go -- "mmm." >> um, this on -- on an airplane recently i went into the bathroom to change, because i had to give a speech at the other end and wouldn't have time to change, and this gentleman said "you got into that dress in that bathroom?" in an admiring way. and i thought to myself -- that had never happened before in my life. oprah: now, this is what's interesting -- you seem quieter to me. >> you don't have to be as loud.
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i don't have to be as loud. um i don't have to be as boisterous. i don't have to be the center of attention. oprah: you seem calmer. >> i'm healthy. oprah, i can breathe. i can walk up stairs. um, the elevator went out in my building, and i had on -- i live on the 10th floor. and three or four years ago, i took a hotel room because i couldn't walk up the stairs when the elevator went out. um, when it went out in the last year, i walked the stairs, and when i got to the top it was like the biggest accomplishment -- oprah: i would say victory. victory. >> to get to the top of some stairs. oh, girl, i was breathing hard now. be clear. [l and cussing at the people. but i felt so good. i felt so good
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that i could walk those stairs. and do i regret not being strong enough to share everything right away? ye away? yes. but would i take it back? no, because i'm healthy here today... oprah: yeah. >> because i did it that way. oprah: yeah. >> i got emotionally strong, while i got physically strong. and now i can sit here and talk to you. oprah: uh, thank you, star, that's so great. [applause] oprah: we wish you the best. the best. bye, everybody. bye. [captioning made possible by king world] [captioned by the national captioning institute --www.ncicap.org--] h h h thththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththththhó
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♪ there you go. >> tip off. >> two points or three points. >> did you get that? >> i got it. >> this is hockey. basketball. nba finals tip off with the miami heat taking on the dallas mavericks. of course all eyes on lebron james and dwyane wade. >> really the show stoppers. all season their decision to team up has been a big story and also something that has been in the making for quite a while. espn's rachel nichols has more. ♪ >> reporter: teams often create
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momentary friendships, temporary brotherhoods that can dissolve almost as quickly as they are forged. but what if you got to chase a championship with the person who has been one of your best friends for nearly a decade? >> he means everything. part of the reason why i came here, not only because of his talent because of the friendship that we had. >> first and foremost we are friends. and not just friends because of what basketball brings, we genuinely care about each other's family and each other's life. >> reporter: they met when james was 18 years old and wade 21. >> draft 2003. we go for the early physicals and stuff. we kind of talked and hit it off there. the relationship grew from that day. >> off the court we instantly became friends. we have a lot of things in common. >> we have a lot of things similar. growing up in the inner city. having a dream of being in the nba, finally having this opportunity. eight years ago. so -- kind of kicked it off there.
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>> reporter: over the years, the two played together in all-star games and olympic team camps. even when they didn't they called and visited each other. often, james found only wade could truly relate to some of the burdens he carried and vice versa. >> actually, he got criticized for being friends and hanging out before games, and cleveland, and et cetera, in the playoffs, we always talked. >> reporter: when lebron structured his contract with the cavs to allow him maximum control in free agency, wade did the same with the heat. when this summer saw the most frenzied free agent period in nba history, the two say they considered many cities but in each scenario what weighed most heavily was the chance to play with each other. now that fact is the subject of much amusement between them. >> i don't even like this guy. >> it's all a front.
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>> it was the weather. school system. why i came here. my kids and the weather. this guy, i don't know who this is. >> like siamese twins, kind of, that aren't cut, disconnected yet. if you see one you know the other one is close. >> me and lebron was best of friends before we played together. that's why we are successful now as we are. we will continue to count on each other and lean on each other for support. >> to be having the success so far, a lot of work to do still. not taking that for granted. to have the success so far in the postseason with one of your best friends, it means a lot. >> i'm rachel nichols, miami. >> great ending shot. >> i did that yesterday. >> the assist. >> the wade assist. lebron. which is really cool. you see two incredibly, very skilled athletes, helping each other out. also such good friends. >> got to throw chris bosh in there, the three came together to try to build the team. the reality you have got to do it with a team, the guys in the nba. one all-star isn't going to cut it. >> had to be a big draw for lebron to go to the heat.
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>> anything less than a title will be seen as a failure in miami. dallas will have something to say about that. >> why leanne rimes is on the defensive about her appearance. wait until you see this picture. >> real life drama involving snooki and the police. >> oh, boy, snooki. >> get the scoop next in "the skinny." in "the skinny."ababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababababab
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♪ skinny ♪ ♪ so skinny ♪ and time now for the skinny on your tuesday morning. we figure what better way for everybody in the middle of the night to get you to pay attention launching the skinny with a bikini photo. >> the word skinny does come into play here. we're talking leann rimes currently on her honeymoon, a scandalous thing. her whole husband. and eddie cibriani was married at the time they met. they had a show together. on their honeymoon in mexico. rimes tweeted this picture her hefl -- herself, picture in a bikini walking down the beach. she is looking extremely thin.
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i'm stuck on the fact she is tweeting pictures of herself in the bikini. isn't that sort of weird? >> who took this picture? her husband? >> she got a message from a fan saying, you are scary skinny. i don't mean to offend you, that's a lot of bones showing through skin. to which she respond those are called abs, not bones, love. there are many, many fans who said you are looking way too thin. here is a bit of a before. a bit of an after. she lost some poundage. looks sort of thin. >> she does look on the thin side. she looks pretty good too, yes. >> typical man. whatever. here we go. >> i'll be in trouble for that one i am sure. >> she does look good. >> let's move on to pint-sized star of "jersey shore," snooki. nicole polizia.
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prefers her real name. the cast is in italy. shooting the show there. unfortunately ran into a little trouble with the law. in this case, it was a fender-bender car crash, she was actually with j-woww in the car at the time. mtv is downplaying this saying it was not a big deal. she was taken into custody briefly. still continuing to shoot the show, fans, fear not. so we'll see where this goes. doesn't sound quite as bad as what happened before where she was fined and had to do community service work after being drunk in public. >> what happened to the snooki bump, didn't call it the bump-it, the snook-it. she doesn't wear it anymore. to all italians watching snooki is not representative of most american women. want to highlight that. something to think about. we have sad news, word is out this morning, peter brady, who really, christopher knight. >> here is the story. >> peter brady, 53, he and adrian curry have decided to call it quits. she was a contestant on america's top model.
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he is from "the brady bunch." they met on "the surreal life" announcing on the fifth year anniversary they are not getting along any longer and therefore parting ways. >> everyone is totally shocked by this. >> i am stunned really. 53 versus 28. it is a shocking separation. >> seemed destined to succeed. finally, talking about sean kingston earlier. sort of updating the story. turns out he is in stable condition after a fairly serious accident with a jet ski in south florida. did leave him in critical condition at one point. turns out he may be okay. did need some medical attention. we are going to hope he is going to be all right. >> he sings the song "beautiful girls" which a lot of people like. >> kind of has got his own style of music. >> what is amazing they don't know what caused the accident. something everybody is looking into. no alcohol involved whatsoever. apparently there was some people who were watching him, he was really, really ill, a lot of blood involved. he ended up in the hospital quite seriously. >> all right. coming up. war veterans with four legs.
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>> where do canines who served their country go after active duty? you are watching "world news now." you are watching "world news now." active duty? you are watching "world news now."
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here are some stories to watch today on abc news. attorney general eric holder focuses on drug abuse and the impact on children and families. he is launching a public awareness campaign in washington. casey anthony's trial resumes in orlando with her mother due back on the witness stand. casey anthony is accused in her young daughter's death. expect more testimony from former illinois governor rod blagojevich. he took the stand last week in his federal corruption trial. finally, a fitting retirement for a man and woman's best friend on the battlefield. military dogs have become a key ally for our soldiers, including in the raid on osama bin laden. >> couple dog lovers right here. now americans around the country are stepping up to give the veterans a home. here is abby boudrea.
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>> reporter: not a bad retirement for 8-year-old bagger, a former military dog. >> completely trained. he will sit. he will stay. he will lay down. >> reporter: his life now with the touchstone family in california is much easier. >> oh, what a good boy. >> reporter: and much less dangerous. >> he doesn't necessarily look like a trained soldier at this point. >> reporter: details of bagger's military career are still secret. the touchstones know he was trained to sniff for explosives. >> they did such a service for our country. and so, that, i think the least we can do. >> reporter: finding loving homes for the dogs wasn't always possible because officially a retired war dog is considered surplus equipment. nearly all of the 5,000 war dogs who served in vietnam were either abandoned or euthanized. vietnam vet ron aiello says not a day goes by that he doesn't think about his canine partner, stormy. >> my dog alone saved me several times when i was in vietnam with her.
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it is a bond that lasts a lifetime. >> reporter: but he had to leave her behind. now he wants war dogs classified as canine veterans which would make it even easier to adopt them since the military would then have to pay to bring them home. about 300 military dogs are put up for adoption each year, but since the raid on osama bin laden's compound, the military has reportedly received more than 400 applications. after cairo, the navy s.e.a.l.'s dog helped in the mission. now, he looks like a war dog. >> yeah. >> reporter: the touchstone family considers bagger a hero. with all due respect to the other dog in the house. that's -- the poor little guy, jack russell there had to make room. like they were mentioning old habits die hard, checks the backpacks, looks at anything unfamiliar. they're trained to do so. >> i feel like that story just makes sense. fantastic.
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y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y yab this morning on "world news now," troubling testimony, casey anthony's mother faces more difficult questioning today in a high-profile murder trial in orlando. >> attorneys want answers from the grandmother of a little girl who was murdered three years ago. it's tuesday, may 31st. good morning, i'm peggy bunker. >> i'm daniel sieberg, rob nelson is on assignment. caylee anthony's grandmother returns to court. her testimony saturday was anything but easy. you will see why she was brought to tears several times while on the witness stand. also this half-hour, tornado survivors in joplin, missouri get help from circus elephants. see how they're pitching in while the supply of temporary housing for people who have lost everything is running out.
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later on, at the box office, how hollywood moviemakers are banking on high profile sequels to attract crowds to the theaters this summer. >> people say they're not creative enough, to get something original. they want to make sure they get the money on the back end. >> if it ain't broke don't fix it. first we want to update you on a florida jury as they brace for another emotional day in court. testimony resumes today in the murder trial of casey anthony, orlando mom charged with killing her daughter. >> three days after falling apart in court, the victim's grandmother will be back on the witness stand. here's ashleigh banfield. >> reporter: it's been more than two years since cindy anthony last spoke to her daughter and the first time cindy had taken the stand since the defense accused her husband and son of abusing casey in an effort to explain her bizarre behavior after the death of her little girl caylee. >> after june 15th of 2008, did you see your granddaughter caylee again? >> no, ma'am, i did not.
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>> reporter: on the stand, cindy fell apart, describing the toys in the backyard. >> those are caylee's. caylee's sandbox and caylee's picnic table. >> reporter: jurors saw the family pool, the place casey now says her daughter accidentally drowned. but casey says it is her father who covered up the death and disposed of the body. he has denied all allegations against him. and on the stand, cindy showed the pool was too high for caylee to climb in. and said on the day in question, there was no ladder for caylee to climb. >> what did you do with the ladder? >> i took it off as usual. >> reporter: casey has sat stoned faced throughout the first six days but was visibly shaken when her mom took the stand. her mom too struggled to testify while the child's last image ever taken was on constant display. >> sir, can i have her take the screen down. i can't -- look at my granddaughter.
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>> i'm sorry. >> without getting upset. i am trying hard not to cry. >> reporter: cindy anthony described the last time she saw her granddaughter and the lies casey told her for a whole month afterward, excuse after excuse about why cindy could not see or speak to the little girl. >> there was a car accident. she was called into work. that she was actually in jacksonville. >> reporter: ashleigh banfield, abc news, orlando. another prominent international banker arrested in new york accused of sexually assaulting a hotel maid. mahmoud omar is former head of one of egypt's banks. sources say omar locked the maid in his room and attacked her. former imf head dominique strauss-kahn is awaiting trial on similar charges. we turn to politics now -- in the now you see it, now you don't, sarah palin bus tour. palin isn't telling anyone where she is going on the tour and insists she is not campaigning. the former alaska governor showed up yesterday in
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gettysburg where she told reporters that she doesn't know if she will run for president. yunji de nies caught up with palin during a stop in d.c. >> reporter: the bus is ready. the crowd is waiting. and here she comes. >> certainly looks like a campaign bus. if you are not running for president why the tour? >> this isn't a campaign bus. this is a bus to be able to express to america how much we appreciate our foundation and to invite more people to be interested in all that is good about america. >> reporter: it began with a trip to the national archives to see the constitution and bill of rights. palin is playing a bit of cat-and-mouse with the press, with no public schedule for this very highly publicized bus tour. >> she gets complete control of her message. she doesn't have to go through traditional channels. personally, she gets more attention which could mean more in her own pocketbook. >> reporter: photos posted on palin's website look like a typical family summer vacation, posing at the washington monuments. sarah palin says she is not
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running for president but it certainly looks like a campaign bus with images of the american flag and constitution, the imagery is nothing if not presidential. if she does have her eye on the oval office, postponing campaign kickoff does carry risk. she has no campaign infrastructure in any key primary states. >> she can do these things and still keep her name in the news and keep her options open, but at some point, the body of the republican party has to take her seriously as a candidate and that's her problem. >> reporter: will she or won't she? once again, we asked. >> i'm not anticipating. hi again. nice to see you. >> reporter: with that she was back on the bus. yunji de nies, abc news, washington. heavy rains and melting snow are sending the missouri river over its banks in several northern plains states. flooding is disrupting emergency phone service in a wide area of eastern montana. trucks are hauling in huge loads of dirt to hold back the river
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in fort pierre, north dakota. voluntary evacuations are under way in the state. >> fema is considering bringing in hurricane katrina-style trailers for the thousands who lost their homes in joplin. officials are appealing to landlords within 50 miles of joplin to make more rental properties available. with more about the housing crisis, here is matt gutman. >> reporter: this is the highest point in all of joplin, offering this panoramic view, west to east, of this destruction. 13 miles long. most of what you see around me are people's homes destroyed. now adding to that misery, now learning of a housing crunch here in joplin. even people with money to spend can't buy or rent a house. we spoke to one woman who said she had to pay a year's worth of rent as a deposit to get into an apartment there were so many other people competing for it. realtors are telling us they're getting hundreds of calls a day, the phones don't stop ringing but the problem is, there is 30%
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fewer homes here in joplin to rent so they have nothing to offer their clients. there is a bidding war on right now. and we canvassed hotels and found not a single room available. we ran into one person who had no rooms available. had 100 calls that day, asking for rooms at the marriott and said i have nothing to offer you. but i have two rooms in my own house. i can offer them to any body who wants to come. we have seen other signs of generosity here in town. the circus came out, elephant helped move debris. some found it amusing. others did not. found it slightly cruel to the animal. either way an effort to try to make these people's lives a little bit better. we're finding two things in the city because of the housing shortage. one some say they can't ever come back here. others say because this community has bonded together and is now so tight-knit, how could they ever leave. matt gutman, abc news, joplin, missouri. chicago is expecting more hot weather today after memorial
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day went from hot to dangerous. at least four people on north avenue beach needed to be hospitalized with heat-related conditions. emergency workers had so much trouble getting through the crowd they decided to close the beach. east coast beaches like coney island were crowded due to the heat. >> how about the crowds? on the other side of the globe, severe weather outbreak turned into quite a spectacle in the sea. several waterspouts like this one, popped up along the australian coast, north of sydney. the local news channel that captured the video said the spouts nearet before dissipating near land. spectacular pictures. here is a look at your weather. stormy from the midwest to the southern plains. dangerous winds. hail. chance of tornados from saint louis to chicago and milwaukee. showers from fargo, bismarck, minneapolis. rain in the pacific northwest. and snow showers in the rockies and cascades. >> if you are here with us on the east, near 90 degrees.
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again in new york. 95, baltimore. 93, atlanta. 90s in detroit, indianapolis. 61, seattle. 71, boise. 83, colorado springs. >> steamy, sticky here. >> for sure. >> you have seen the wedding. now ready for the tv movie. i feel like the script kind of wrote itself. "william and kate, a royal love story" is being filmed in romania. expected to air on the hallmark channel in august. >> bad hats and all. british actress, alice st. clair, plays princess kate. and american actor, is prince william. the movie includes both real and imagined scenes including several with the queen. wondering if the romance is a good idea. >> the hats or fascinators? >> fascinators. the bigger, the worse they are the better. >> princess beatrice's created a movement. >> $350,000 for the fascinator hat. antlers. for quite a sum. >> yeah. >> i left my fascinator at home today. >> tomorrow you will bring your fascinator. have it tomorrow. don't worry about that. >> this one is tasteful and small. think it looks pretty good.
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lot to check out the movie. all right, everyone. we'll be right back with more "world news now." th more "world news now." hehehere would you go next if you had a hoveround power chair? the statue of liberty? the grand canyon? it's all possible ith a hoveround. tom: hi i'm tom kruse, inventor rand founder of hoveround. when we say you're free to see the world, we mean it. call today and get a free overound information kit that includes a video and full color brochure. dennis celorie: "it's by far the best chair i've ever owned." terri: "last year, 9 out of 10 people got their hoveround for "little or no money." jim plunkitt: "no cost. absolutely no cost to me." breaking news...when you call today, we'll include a free hoveround collapsible grabber with the purchase of your power chair. it reaches, it grabs, it's collapsible and it's portable. it goes wherever you go. get it free while supplies last. call the number on your screen to get your free video, brochure and your free hoveround collapsible grabber.
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on memorial day, the nation honored the brave men and women who died for this country, including the more than 1,400 who died in afghanistan. >> president obama says he wants to start drawing down the number of troops in afghanistan this summer. martha raddatz was there and just returned with one commander's mission from the front lines. >> reporter: for one year, major general john campbell has commanded a deadly dangerous 450 miles of afghanistan that borders pakistan. 30,000 soldiers, more than 150 combat outposts.
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many of them routinely attacked. >> rockets, mortars, suicide vests. >> reporter: we land at this small outpost in a fast, dizzying pattern to confuse the enemy. ten mortar rounds hit the area before we arrived. we're told to run when we land. none of this, not the danger, not the death of bin laden, not the fact that most americans want to pull out makes major general campbell want to stop fighting. >> i know we made great progress. i still think there is a lot more work to be done. >> reporter: general campbell and his soldiers know more than anyone the sacrifice. >> it's been rough, but all and all, we have been able to pull through. >> reporter: this is our fourth visit with campbell and each time we have asked about the loss of soldiers. last july, he had lost 28. he carried cards for each. in september, the number had jumped to 76.
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this is commander captain wallace, he has four kids. four small kids. >> reporter: now at the end of the one-year command, the stack of 217 cards is so large he has to lug them around in his rucksack. it touches me deeply. i made decisions to put people in harm's way. i will carry that with me the rest of my life. >> reporter: people look at a general and say generals never cry. >> no, i do. >> reporter: what made you cry this year? >> every time we lose a soldier. i'm tearing up now. you talk about it. thinking about the family. you have got a soldier who is killed, and his wife is pregnant, and that son or daughter will never see their father. >> reporter: he encounters that pain, those numbers with the some 4,000 taliban fighters he says his soldiers have killed or captured. double the number of weapons caches that are now being found and significant improvement in the afghan security forces. >> i see progress every single day.
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some days it is very, very slow. very frustrating. two steps forward, one step back. >> reporter: martha raddatz, abc news, afghanistan. >> great reminder especially after memorial day to think of the soldiers. a very, very long war for the men and women that are there and many have served many different terms. >> absolutely. for some folks that withdrawal can't begin soon enough. >> right. absolutely true. the current team there right now don't retire for several months. the president does want a new team in place there when he begins to pull back troops here during the summertime. so people will be watching this closely to see how it goes. all right, coming up, the summer of sequels at the cinema. >> banking on new chapters of the "x-men" story and "harry potter" finale to make more movie money. that's next. the "x men" story and "harry potter" to make more movie money. that's next. potter" to make more movie money. that's next. h@
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sleepy times square, kind of hot times square too. memorial day does mark unofficial start of summer. also now you can wear white pants. wasn't sure you knew that. the ones you have been keeping now you can wear white pants. also beginning of the summer blockbuster season. might notice a trend at theaters this season. a lot of sequels. >> lots of two and threes. i saw "hangover two", like "hangover" one except in thailand. which summer blockbuster sequel do you need to rush out and see. >> did everyone see that, because we'll not be doing that again. >> reporter: "pirates of the caribbean on stranger tides" already earned more than $100 million and looks like it helped set the stage for a big box office summer. "the hangover 2" is not monkeying around. it started off strong this opening holiday weekend.
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the animated animals of "kung fu panda 2" are kicking some box office you know what. and this friday, the characters from the x-men series return with "x-men first class." this time the focus on professor x and how mutants initially came together. james mcavoy plays james xavier and the young man who will one day be known as magnito, actors thin dike hard -- think die hard fans will marvel at the finished product. >> i think their expectations are high. i think they generally are in terms of x-men fans, and comic book fans in general they're very passionate about the material, loyal and vocal.
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and so, you know it's nice to have a, that bit of pressure. i think both of us enjoy a little fear element in terms of, you know, keeping you on your toes. >> reporter: "x-men first class" features jennifer lawrence and january jones as part of the ensemble cast. in june an animated sequel parking itself on the big screen, lightning mcqueen revs up his engine for "cars 2" and owen wilson returning to voice the souped up race car along with his tow truck pal mater as voiced by larry the cable guy. >> i am sticking by you the way you stick by me. they head to europe to compete in the grand prix. michael caine and emily mortimer are now voices to the franchise. fourth of july, kicks off with the third in the transformer series, we head to the dark of the moon. shia le beouf is back, rest keying rescuing his hot new girlfriend played by newcomer, rosie huntington whitely. the cast also features returning
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cast members, josh duhamel, tyrese gibson and deceptecons and autobots, it hits theaters on july 15th. >> harry potter you have fought valiantly. >> reporter: in "harry potter and the deathly hallows" part 2, the boy wizard must save hogwarts and his friends once and for all from voldemort. the film picks up with voldemort in possession of one of the deathly hallows, a wand that will guarantee him immortality. are harry and the gang going to let that happen? what do you think? this is george panakio for abc news. >> first, as parents of young children, it's rare -- >> you can't bring a baby to the theater. sort of annoys people. i don't know why. >> sort of. >> can't bring two babies. >> it's interesting -- $105.8 million, "hangover 2" brought in. >> r-rated comedy, too. >> $280 million haul for the four-day weekend. >> check us out. >> my bff bradley cooper. hung with him all weekend.
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>> the wolf pack is back. >> my bff bradley cooper. hung with him all weekend. >> the wolf pack is back.
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sleep tight. regenerist, from olay. it is time for your morning papers. we start with a pretty great story. >> i would agree. >> very heartwarming story, right. >> yes. >> let's try to explain this. this couple in alabama and had their home destroyed by a tornado, their wedding photo ended up in tennessee. and it was returned to them, eventually posted in a local paper. there you see the wedding photo itself with the couple there in the middle. the friend of theirs saw it, alerted them to the picture that survived the tornado, they were able to reunite with some of the valuable pictures. when you think what means something to people. the photo actually has history to it. the wife there, frieda and mike evans. she survived a fiery car crash, many years ago, tragedy tied to folks in the picture. it had a lot of meaning to them.
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there you see what is left. amazing that anything survived. >> take a look at what is left of their home. incredible. for the picture to be flown so far away and returned, amazing. >> special. >> all the people coming together there, quite amazing there in missouri. our next story, also really incredible. people trying to do the best that they can with what they have been given. talking about a soldier served in iraq, stationed in fort bragg in north carolina. his wife due to have their first son. he could not be there he was on duty. so he watched the entire birth via skype. a labor and delivery coordinator in river bend, oregon, she said she offers this to a military family. therefore he was able to see the entire event unfold on skype. he did not miss a moment. >> fathers should know they're sort of meant to get out of the way in the delivery room anyway. >> up to the wife to get the job done. >> still you don't want to miss it. >> amazing technology.
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finally, the next story, video games leading to divorce. >> what? >> i love the game, world of >> i love the game, world of war craft. a study by divorce online. talks how 15%. >> you have to give it up. >> really do. my wife would agree. 15% of partners believe they're putting gaming before them. this is up from 5% the year before. >> oh, boy. >> fantastic game. you have to put things into perspective. >> what is so good? >> an online role playing game. it can get too real. >> online role playing. sound just dangerous from the get go. my husband is into atari, space invaders, i'm in the clear. want to fill you in, real quick, couple seconds. very last story. want to let you know pbs has been hacked, a story, tupac is alive in new zealand. not true. >> not true. >> not true. >> all a hoax. >> troublemakers. troublemakers. is alive in new zealanowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowd.d.d.d.d.d.d.d.d.d.d.d.d.d.d.d.
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this morning on "world news now" -- spring sizzle. a heat wave bakes a big part of the country. and summer hasn't even officially started. >> from the heartland to the big cities of the northeast millions will be waking up today to dangerously warm weather. it's tuesday, may 31st. good morning, i'm peggy bunker. >> i'm daniel sieberg. rob nelson is on assignment. the heat was so oppressive in chicago, several people went from the beach to the hospital for treatment. get this, it snowed near fresno, california. campers who had packed their bathing suits, not fur-lined ones unfortunately, had to scramble to find hats and gloves. their holiday getaway ended early because of the cold. >> unbelievable.
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also this half-hour coming up, the new crisis facing so many victims of the joplin, missouri tornado. they can't find a place to stay. temporary housing is nowhere to be found. see who is helping those who really need it the most. later, the royal newlyweds and their upcoming north american adventure. kate is making her first trip to the states. >> what? >> and to canada, by the way. all the excitement as will and kate plan their great north american getaway. >> you and i both have a lot of canadian background, but who can believe this is her first trip to the states. >> or canada. as well. she has canadian roots. i think her grandfather served in canada. >> seems sort of odd she hasn't made her way out here. we'll welcome her. we want to turn to the weather which turned from hot to dangerously hot in chicago this memorial day. police closed north avenue beach after at least four people were taken to the hospital with heat-related conditions. >> in fact, the beach was so crowded emergency workers could not immediately reach people who needed treatment. they had to evacuate it. firefighters created a spray mist to cool off people leaving.
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the heat was also oppressive in the northeast where temperatures soared, we can attest to that. >> i just stay hydrated. keep my vitamin water. eat light. and just stay hydrated. >> wear long sleeves. protect from the sun. >> stay up under the air, keep cool. keep hydrated so i don't pass out anywhere. >> thousands crowded on to east coast beaches looking for ways to beat the heat. new york's coney island was overflowing. plenty of people went to the jersey shore to cool off. heat advisory around south jersey. as we struggle to beat the heat, parts of california were anything but, several inches of unexpected snow came down in the fresno foothills. putting a chill on the unofficial start of summer. more now from kfsn's shannon handi. >> reporter: people heading towards the lake sunday experienced snow falling on
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their windshield. and an empty lake which is usually full of watercrafts this time of year. >> it's weird. crazy. i mean it's -- normally not like this ever. >> reporter: jeremy and his family traveled to go fishing. they've didn't expect this kind of weather. so much so, many families ended their holiday weekend early. >> catch them or not. always good day to fish. >> reporter: ron mills of fresno wasn't quite as optimistic. he decided to pack up and go home two days before the official end of his camping trip. >> what we have left is wet. the kids don't, hard for them to get out here and play. >> reporter: mills stayed at camp edison outside shaver lake. all 252 campsites were sold out this weekend. for some families, coming here is an annual tradition. >> what were you wearing last year? >> we were wearing shorts. short-sleeved shirts. flip-flops. on the boat all day. now this year, it's snowing. >> reporter: while many families left early, others decided to make the most of their vacation.
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>> we had bathing suits packed, this trip we rented a boat. obviously wearing jackets and pants yesterday. >> reporter: did you take the boat out? >> of course we did! >> reporter: in fact, some campers say it is not that unusual to see snow during memorial day weekend. >> this is the second time in five years it snowed. >> reporter: in shaver, shannon handi, abc news. >> how about that? pack the bathing suit and brought the wool hat. >> if you are on vacation, got to make the best of it. no matter what happens. speaking of weather, here is your tuesday forecast. more snow out west in the cascades and rockies. severe weather threatens the midwest to texas with the strongest storms around chicago, milwaukee, saint louis. showers from fargo to the twin cities and more scorching heat for the east coast. >> okay. we are looking at some 90s from atlanta to baltimore. 88 here in new york. we have detroit coming in at 90. chicago, 87 minneapolis, 77.
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71, boise. 78, salt lake. 84 in albuquerque. the number of people unaccounted for after the joplin tornado is down to 29. the original list had more than 200 names. most of these people have turned up alive. in the meantime, there are housing challenges for those who survived the devastating storm. matt gutman reports from joplin. >> reporter: what do you do when your house is eviscerated in seconds? where do you go? holly fleming had no choice. >> i had to get a roof over their heads. >> reporter: she packed all ten grandchildren and children off to her mother's house and scrambled to find a rental, competing with other bidders. >> i said i will pay you a year in advance. >> reporter: there went her nest egg. the tornado flattened 30% of the city. destroying an estimated 8,000 buildings, leaving up to 20,000 people homeless. most are with friends and family. others in hotel or shelters. rebuilding joplin could take years. but these people need a home now. one of joplin's biggest real
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estate offices is inundated. callers are begging. >> they were desperate. they said we have to have this house. we have to, there is nowhere else to go. >> so bad, fema is considering housing 50 miles away. >> this in my experience is the most intensely devastating disaster that i have ever seen. >> reporter: hotels fully booked. then tonya made this extraordinary offer. >> we're welling to open up our home to any body who might need a place. >> reporter: that puts everything into perspective. >> people are like wow, you lost everything. i didn't lose everything. i still have everything. that's just stuff. >> reporter: the devastation here has been so vast that a full week after that tornado ripped through here, the federal government and the city of joplin are still trying to figure out exactly how many homes were destroyed and how many people were displaced. matt gutman, abc news, joplin, missouri.
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a new report about last year's earthquake in haiti said fewer people may have died than previously thought. the associated press obtained the u.s. government report which says between 46,000 and 85,000 people died. the haitian government had put the total at 316,000. and that number led to a multibillion dollar international aid effort. hip-hop star sean kingston is in the intensive care unit after an accident in south florida waters. investigators are looking into what caused the crash, but they say alcohol was not a factor. wplj's janine stanwood has details. ♪ beautiful girls ♪ >> reporter: sean kingston broke out into the music scene in 2007 with this song, "beautiful girls." now this cutler bay man says he saw the pop star almost die. >> he was vomiting blood. >> reporter: rivera, who is a coast guard officer, was in his boat on biscayne bay sunday. next thing he knows he is motoring toward the singer's friends yelling from the water
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moments after florida fish and wildlife officers say the miami-born r & b artist slammed his jet ski into the palm island bridge. >> as we got closer the two people on the jet ski waved over to us and said he is drowning. he is drowning. come over here. >> kingston is sinking into the water, he says. his friends aren't able to hold on. >> they basically had him by one hand and his whole body under water. >> reporter: rivera kills the engine. jumps into the bay and grabbed the 21-year-old star. i was behind kingston holding his head above water. >> reporter: he stays until rescuers arrive. >> everyone is praying for him. continue to pray. >> reporter: tennis player, serena williams, family, friends, pour into jackson memorial hospital where kingston's publicist tells us he is in intensive care. stars like pal justin bieber sent well wishes via twitter. rivera says he was glad he was at the right place at the right time. that good samaritan said kingston was wearing his life vest. but by the time he arrived it started to slip off.
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the singer's publicist is releasing few details other than saying he is in critical but stable condition here at this hospital. janine stanwood, abc news, miami. switching gears to economic news now, a new report on housing out today may reveal a disturbing trend in the real estate market. this morning's "new york times" report that 66% of americans own their own homes. that is the lowest level since 1998. now analysts predict the number could plunge even more. later today a key report on housing should show that existing homes' selling prices are the lowest they've been in two years. well, it wasn't a typical stampede rolling through topeka kansas. >> no, a stampede of ford pintos. heading from colorado to pennsylvania. drivers are raising money for the wounded warrior project. >> how many people associate pintos with the notorious recalls after fiery rear end collisions? enthusiasts say they're just as safe as any other from the 1970s. first car in our family.
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>> we had the pinto station wagon. a beautiful avocado green. >> ours was beige. >> the interior, plasticy smelling. nonetheless, love the pinto. >> their own charm. >> we'll be right back, everyone, with more "world news now." hó
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now to a shocking look at underaged drinking. according to the century council, more than 10 million kids ages 10 to 20 say they have drank alcohol in the past month. >> just as shocking is where the kids are getting the alcohol -- from adults. ashleigh banfield has more about the problem and the solution. >> reporter: you are watching a real life police sting operation. but what might surprise you is who is behind it. and what led these decoys to lend a hand to sheriffs deputies before these arrests?
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a hint -- a teenager's desire to make a difference. after her friends became statistics. meet elisa, still in high school, she lost three close friends to drunk driving. >> it changed me for the better. i hold them in my heart all the time because i am out there doing this because of what happened. >> reporter: elisa, a teenage undercover sheriff's decoy. that's why we can't show you her face. she and her decoy team, all volunteers, loiter outside of stores hoping to catch strangers who agree to buy them beer. >> about 10% of people that they ask will actually buy them for them. >> reporter: but that is illegal. a misdemeanor here in california. even a felony in some states if you supply liquor to kids under 21. >> he is turning towards the alley. here he comes. come on in. come on in. >> reporter: san diego county
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sheriffs deputies like other agencies across the country frequently do these string operations and invited us along. we are across the street from the liquor store, decoys will gel out but we will hang back. so we don't blow their cover. elisa and the other decoys first tell strangers they're too young to get their own liquor and offer the adults money to buy them a six-pack. we ask once, if they say no. they say no. they're choosing to do this, no one is forcing them. or twisting their arm. >> reporter: what the adult beer buyers don't know is sheriffs deputies are hiding, just waiting for the decoy's signal. when elisa's hood is up, her on the right, she's confirming an adult has agreed to make the illegal purchase. >> do you ever get scared? >> i get scared. there are certain times when it gets a little risky. i believe the police officers are always there.
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>> reporter: once the decoys get beer from the target they hurry, to the safety of a sheriff's van as deputies swoop in for the arrest. what did you think when the kids asked you to buy liquor for them? >> i wasn't thinking. i had a lot on my mind. >> did you think it was illegal? do you ever feel at times you may be tricking these people? >> i don't feel i am. they know i'm not of age. people like to use the word entrapment, it is not. >> the courts have ruled it is not entrapment. >> reporter: captain lisa miller started these stings in imperial beach with state funding. >> when the youth asks an adult to purchase alcohol for them. they tell them i'm underaged, i can't buy it. >> reporter: do you ever feel it is a drop in the bucket, that teenagers will get their liquor elsewhere? >> that is a very good question. i hope we are making a difference. >> the more we can put the signal out you will get caught for doing it. the more effective our job is. >> interesting, we have to add here not one person contested the citation that they were given that night. really interesting, that they all sort of agreed about guilt. >> might be about changing attitudes. the decoys have talked to kids
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who don't think it's wrong to drink. maybe rethinking what you are doing out there. >> some people say, drinking age in at 21. but you can serve your country at 18. you hear the argument. definitely debatable. >> absolutely. when we return, a surprising new sales surge of old glory. >> why so many americans are displaying the stars and stripes with pride. you are watching "world news now."
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>> no music. >> wait for it. wait for it. do we have any music? i guess we don't. >> are we forced to provide the music here? >> oh, please. >> monday was of course, memorial day from coast to coast. millions of patriotic people displayed american flags. my first memorial day as a u.s. citizen by the way. >> you are canadian by birth. now a u.s. citizen. congratulations. >> thank you. >> sales are up of flags this year.
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that is because of osama bin laden's takedown, taking a look now behind the scenes at a pennsylvania flagmaker and the pride they take in their products. ♪ >> when bin laden was killed, our business increased about 50% within -- i mean, immediately really. it's been approximately a month now. the sales are still about 50% up. may and june are the two biggest months in the flag industry. memorial day was just around the corner. when osama bin laden was killed, we were positioned well to sell flags. and i came into work immediately and ordered as much product as i could. before 9/11 business was doing well for us. all of a sudden this incident happened which was a horrible time, and it really, just catapulted not only the industry but my company. and i would say the average month at that point in time was
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-- was about $200,000. and within a 60-day period there was over $3 million of u.s. flags sold in, in our company that we had shipped out or people had come to our warehouse and physically picked up with trucks or cars or whatever they had. with the ten-year anniversary of september 11th i have been planning this for a year. i have been lining everything up. just because i know it is going to be a big year. i hope it is going to be a big year. i want the american flag to be flown everywhere, not for myself, but so americans can show their support to all of those -- all those brothers and sisters and mothers and fathers who lost loved ones. >> that is great. what a fantastic story. very true. great to see the american flag. there is a way to display it properly. a lot of people don't do it right. one e of the main ones if you display your flag at home, 24
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hours a day you have to light it when it gets dark. >> treat it with respect. no tattered or broken flags. we'll be right back. attered or broken flags. we'll be right back.
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♪ they're coming to america ♪ ♪ they're coming to america ♪ ♪ they're coming to america ♪ >> sneaking the neil diamond diamond. >> i love the neil diamond. >> prince william and princess catherine have announced their first international trip. making a visit next month to canada, which does count as international by the way. >> want to make that clear. you are from canada. an exciting announcement for canadians, including you of course. after canada they will be visiting the u.s. if you can believe it it will be catherine's first trip to the states. here is ctv's janet dirks. >> reporter: three months after they kissed on the balcony of on bumming ham -- buckingham palace, the newest newlyweds will celebrate canada day in
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ottawa. >> we are delighted they have chosen canada as their destination of choice. >> reporter: prince william and catherine, duke and duchess of cambridge will make seven official stops. first the nation's capital, then montreal and quebec city. prince edward island, the atlantic part of the tour. catherine is a fan of anne of green gables. they will travel to calgary in time for the opening of the stampede. although details of the itinerary have not been released the pair will likely attend the parade and receive cowboy hats, traditional white hatting. >> i think it is great. i am looking forward to them coming. >> reporter: calgary is where peter middleton, served as a royal air force flight trainer for two years during the second world war, he died in november at age 90. >> to be in a place she knew her grandfather served to give her that opportunity to personally connect with some one who mint a lot to her. >> reporter: in cities not included in the tour it stings for some. >> victoria is the most royal town in canada. >> reporter: toronto doesn't get a layover.
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>> we are not the capital of canada, but essentially we kind of are. >> reporter: it is not personal says this former tour organizer. >> so we have four provinces and a territory involved in this visit. and there are places largely that have major events ging and kate, at least through the eyes of the media, based on their wedding coverage, their every move will be documented. janet dirks, ctv news, calgary. >> that is really exciting. >> i'm sure canadians will be very nice to the royal couple. canadians are typically nice. >> new generation of fans. >> there you go. my hair is a little askew. i have both flags there. >> you look good. >> regal, royal. >> you look good, eh? this morning on "world news now" -- final flight. the shuttle "endeavour" is on its way back to cape canaveral. >> we talk to commander mark have both flags there.
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james and dwyane wade's superstar friendship on and off the court. >> spotlight will be on those two, three of them. got to put chris bosh in with those two. first, history in the making. space shuttle "endeavour" a day away from touching down for last time. >> "endeavor's" final journey home marks the end of a 19-year run, the commander has reason to be excited about getting back to earth. we talked to him overnight. and gina sunseri has the buzz from kennedy space center. >> reporter: commander mark kelly is clearly happy to be on his way home for a reunion with his wife, congresswoman gabrielle giffords. he and his crew spoke with abc news' bob woodruff. >> it was nice to call her each day, after flight day four she had her surgery a couple of days after we launched. that went well. it was nice to talk to her. haven't been able to since we undocked. but i will -- i will shortly after i land.
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so i am really, really looking forward to seeing her. >> reporter: celebrating records set in space. 380 days for astronaut mike fincke. >> well the russians have had people in space for, up to, you know, 800 days in their career. i got a long way to go. >> reporter: bittersweet however, about "endeavor's" final flight which finished the u.s. part of the international space station. >> when you can see the earth below and you are holding on to a piece of the structure up high above the space station, to see the horizon out there with all the hardware beneath you and understand what we have done as a nation and a world to build that international space station it is spectacular. >> reporter: explaining why ams, the cosmic ray detector they installed, is important. >> understanding what the universe is, the universe we live in, how it got here, how it was formed, these are fundamental questions. and this is what ams is going to be trying to understand for us. >> reporter: "endeavor" will clock 6 million miles on this
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trip alone and is racing home to earth to land, weather permitting, wednesday morning in florida. their families, who cheered them on before the launch earlier this month, are waiting to welcome home the astronauts when they land after an exhausting 16 days in space, tired but celebrating a job well done. gina sunseri, abc news, cocoa beach, florida. south africa's president says libya leader moammar gadhafi wants a truce. visiting gadhafi and said the libyan dictator would agree to end all fighting but is not willing to resign. a key demand of rebels. five libyan generals and three other officers appeared in rome and urged fellow officers to join the revolt. that nato-led battle in libya is just one of the challenges facing the incoming head of the president's national security team. the president announced yesterday he has chosen army general martin dempsey as chairman of the joint chiefs. he'll take over the job at the end of september. besides libya, general dempsey will oversee the war in afghanistan and the expected end of u.s. involvement in iraq. back here at home, police in
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the san francisco bay area are searching for a 26-year-old nursing student who mysteriously disappeared. michelle lee was last seen on friday. she went to her car and never returned. vic lee of abc's kgo has the story. >> reporter: michelle lee is scheduled to graduate next year with a nursing degree from samuel merritt university, a small private school based in oakland. the 26-year-old student is enrolled at its campus in san mateo. >> michelle is a beautiful, bright, intelligent young lady. she is in one of our accelerated nursing programs. she enjoys studying to become a nurse. >> reporter: lee's father, who lives in vietnam, was told about her disappearance and he is en route to san francisco. if police have leads they're not talking about them. nor are close friends like this man, who came to the police station to see if there was any news. she was last seen friday night at kaiser hospital in hayward where she is in a mentoring program. she reportedly told a fellow student she had to go to her car
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which was parked here in this hospital garage. then, she disappeared. police say they scanned garage security video, but saw nothing that would help. they found her car a half mile from the hospital. investigators tried tracking lee's cell phone. police say the information has not been helpful. meantime, samuel merritt university has sent out an e-mail asking students to be vigilant, just in case. >> they know to try to keep a buddy system when possible or especially now to ask for security if they are leaving a building, particularly at night. >> vic lee reporting. michelle lee's cell phone signal was traced through oakland and fremont in the east bay area. authorities say they aren't getting a signal any more. the fight is on to keep the missouri river from overflowing in fort pierre, north dakota, trucks are bringing in huge loads of dirt to hold the river in check. melting snow and heavy rain are causing floods along the river in the northern plains.
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the national guard has been mobilized in several states and some voluntary evacuations are now in effect. >> people in the tsunami-ravaged cities of northern japan facing a new threat this morning. the first storm of the season hit the region with punishing winds and rain. aikiko fujito is joining us this morning with the latest. >> reporter: along japan's battered northern coast, an eerie sense of deja vu, the tropical storm brought heavy rains and strong winds to a region still reeling from a powerful earthquake and tsunami. it washed out streets, triggered mudslides. these two men had to be rescued by the coast guard after their engine died. the waves too powerful for them to make it back to shore. flooding has been a constant in the city, the magnitude 9.20 quake shifted the country and lowered elevation by nearly three feet. the water covers the streets at high tide every day. but the rains turned entire neighborhoods into raging rivers. at the fukushima nuclear plant,
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workers sprayed the reactors with chemicals to prevent radiation from spreading. there are increasing concerns the storm could carry contaminated material by air. the rains already caused radioactive water levels inside reactors to rise, prompting fears that water could spill out into the ocean. in fukushima's soma city, flooding forced roughly 80 evacuees to return to a familiar place. but there are little complaints. aikiko fujita, abc news, tokyo. >> just unbelievable. they have endured so much. let's take a look locally at your forecast. isolated tornados, 80 mile an hour winds and large hail in st. louis, chicago, and milwaukee. also severe around abilene, oklahoma city and joplin, missouri. rain in the pacific northwest, light snow in the cascades. and rockies. and the heat wave in the east continues. >> 95, baltimore, 93, atlanta,
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90 in new orleans. dallas, 91, omaha, 82. other end of the mercury, 60 in fargo. 65, billings. phoenix, 95. sacramento, 70. a new restaurant is opening in southern california. it's not the menu everybody is talking about, it's how you order your meal. the restaurant is called stacked. it has an ipad on every table. you use the ipad to swipe your credit card and place your order. >> there is still a live human being to bring out the food. no robots involved here. so customers will know who to give their tip to of course. a concierge will roam the restaurant to make sure everyone is happy. have to wonder if the ipads will get covered with food. you see menus these days in restaurants? >> really greasy. >> kind of gross sometimes. >> exactly. can you kind of wipe those down? excellent point. >> sanitized. >> you have to wash your hand before you eat your meal. >> absolutely. >> pretty cool stuff. everyone, we'll be right back with more "world news now." ♪ give me some baloney, salami and ham ♪
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♪ there you go. >> tip off. >> two points or three points. >> did you get that? >> i got it. >> this is hockey. basketball. nba finals tip off with the miami heat taking on the dallas mavericks. of course, all eyes on lebron james and dwyane wade. >> really the show stoppers. all season their decision to team up has been a big story and also something that has been in the making for quite a while. espn's rachel nichols has more. ♪ >> reporter: teams often create
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momentary friendships, temporary brotherhoods that can dissolve almost as quickly as they are forged. but what if you got to chase a championship with the person who has been one of your best friends for nearly a decade? >> he means everything. part of the reason why i came here, not only because of his talent because of the friendship that we had. >> first and foremost we are friends. and not just friends because of what basketball brings, we genuinely care about each other's family and each other's life. >> reporter: they met when james was 18 years old and wade 21. >> draft 2003. we go for the early physicals and stuff. we kind of talked and hit it off there. the relationship grew from that day. >> off the court we instantly became friends. we have a lot of things in common. >> we have a lot of things similar. growing up in the inner city. having a dream of being in the nba, finally having this opportunity. eight years ago.
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so -- kind of kicked it off there. >> reporter: over the years, the two played together in all-star games and olympic team camps. even when they didn't they called and visited each other. often, james found only wade could truly relate to some of the burdens he carried and vice versa. >> actually, he got criticized for being friends and hanging out before games, and cleveland, and et cetera, in the playoffs, we always talked. >> reporter: when lebron structured his contract with the cavs to allow him maximum control in free agency, wade did the same with the heat. when this summer saw the most frenzied free agent period in nba history, the two say they considered many cities but in each scenario what weighed most heavily was the chance to play with each other. now that fact is the subject of much amusement between them. >> i don't even like this guy. >> it's all a front. >> it was the weather. school system. why i came here. my kids and the weather. this guy, i don't know who this is.
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>> like siamese twins, kind of, that aren't cut, disconnected yet. if you see one you know the other one is close. >> me and lebron was best of friends before we played together. that's why we are successful now as we are. we will continue to count on each other and lean on each other for support. >> to be having the success so far, a lot of work to do still. not taking that for granted. to have the success so far in the postseason with one of your best friends, it means a lot. >> i'm rachel nichols, miami. >> great ending shot. >> i did that yesterday. >> the assist. >> the wade assist. lebron. which is really cool. you see two incredibly, very skilled athletes, helping each other out. also such good friends. >> got to throw chris bosh in there, the three came together to try to build the team. the reality you have got to do it with a team, the guys in the nba. one all-star isn't going to cut it. >> had to be a big draw for lebron to go to the heat. >> anything less than a title
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will be seen as a failure in miami. dallas will have something to say about that. >> why leanne rimes is on the defensive about her appearance. wait until you see this picture. >> real life drama involving snooki and the police. >> oh, boy, snooki. >> get the scoop next in "the skinny." in "the skinny."ab
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♪ skinny ♪ ♪ so skinny ♪ and time now for the skinny on your tuesday morning. we figure what better way for everybody in the middle of the night to get you to pay attention launching the skinny with a bikini photo. >> the word skinny does come into play here. we're talking leann rimes currently on her honeymoon, a scandalous thing. her whole husband -- and eddie cibriani was married at the time they met. they had a show together. on their honeymoon in mexico. rimes tweeted this picture herself, picture in a bikini walking down the beach.
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she is looking extremely thin. i'm stuck on the fact she is tweeting pictures of herself in the bikini. isn't that sort of weird? >> who took this picture? her husband? >> she got a message from a fan saying, you are scary skinny. i don't mean to offend you, that's a lot of bones showing through skin. to which she respond those are called abs, not bones, love. there are many, many fans who said you are looking way too thin. here is a bit of a before. a bit of an after. she lost some poundage. looks sort of thin. >> she does look on the thin side. she looks pretty good too, yes. >> typical man. whatever. here we go. >> i'll be in trouble for that one i am sure. >> she does look good. >> let's move on to pint-sized star of "jersey shore," snooki. nicole polizia. prefers her real name. the cast is in italy. shooting the show there. unfortunately ran into a little trouble with the law. in this case, it was a fender-bender car crash, she was actually with j-woww in the car at the time. mtv is downplaying this saying it was not a big deal. she was taken into custody
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briefly. still continuing to shoot the show, fans, fear not. so we'll see where this goes. doesn't sound quite as bad as what happened before where she was fined and had to do community service work after being drunk in public. >> what happened to the snooki bump, didn't call it the bump-it, the snook-it. she doesn't wear it anymore. to all italians watching, snooki is not representative of most american women. want to highlight that. something to think about. we have sad news, word is out this morning, peter brady, who really, christopher knight. >> here is the story. >> peter brady, 53, he and adrian curry have decided to call it quits. she was a contestant on america's top model. he is from "the brady bunch." they met on "the surreal life" announcing on the fifth year
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anniversary they are not getting along any longer and therefore parting ways. >> everyone is totally shocked by this. >> i am stunned really. 53 versus 28. it is a shocking separation. >> seemed destined to succeed. finally, talking about sean kingston earlier. sort of updating the story. turns out he is in stable condition after a fairly serious accident with a jet ski in south florida. did leave him in critical condition at one point. turns out he may be okay. did need some medical attention. we are going to hope he is going to be all right. >> he sings the song "beautiful girls" which a lot of people like. >> kind of has got his own style of music. >> what is amazing they don't know what caused the accident. something everybody is looking into. no alcohol involved whatsoever. apparently there was some people who were watching him, he was really, really ill, a lot of blood involved.
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he ended up in the hospital quite seriously. >> all right. coming up. war veterans with four legs. >> where do canines who served their country go after active duty? you are watching "world news now."
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here are some stories to watch today on abc news. attorney general eric holder focuses on drug abuse and the impact on children and families. he is laununching a public awareness campaign in washington. casey anthony's trial resumes in orlando with her mother due back on the witness stand. casey anthony is accused in her young daughter's death. expect more testimony from former illinois governor rod blagojevich. he took the stand last week in his federal corruption trial. finally, a fitting retirement for a man and woman's best friend on the battlefield. military dogs have become a key ally for our soldiers, including in the raid on osama bin laden. >> couple dog lovers right here. now americans around the country are stepping up to give the veterans a home. here is abby boudrea. >> reporter: not a bad retirement for 8-year-old bagger, a former military dog. >> completely trained.
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he will sit. he will stay. he will lay down. >> reporter: his life now with the touchstone family in california is much easier. >> oh, what a good boy. >> reporter: and much less dangerous. >> he doesn't necessarily look like a trained soldier at this point. >> reporter: details of bagger's military career are still secret. the touchstones know he was trained to sniff for explosives. >> they did such a service for our country. and so, that, i think the least we can do. >> reporter: finding loving homes for the dogs wasn't always possible because officially a retired war dog is considered surplus equipment. nearly all of the 5,000 war dogs who served in vietnam were either abandoned or euthanized. vietnam vet ron aiello says not a day goes by that he doesn't think about his canine partner, stormy. >> my dog alone saved me several times when i was in vietnam with her. it is a bond that lasts a lifetime. >> reporter: but he had to leave her behind.
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now he wants war dogs classified as canine veterans which would make it even easier to adopt them since the military would then have to pay to bring them home. about 300 military dogs are put up for adoption each year, but since the raid on osama bin laden's compound, the military has reportedly received more than 400 applications. after cairo, the navy s.e.a.l.'s dog helped in the mission. now, he looks like a war dog. >> yeah. >> reporter: the touchstone family considers bagger a hero. with all due respect to the other dog in the house. that's -- the poor little guy, jack russell there had to make room. like they were mentioning old habits die hard, checks the backpacks, looks at anything unfamiliar. they're trained to do so. >> i feel like that story just makes sense. fantastic. >> to bring them home as you should. we love them.
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